Jo Jo Potatoes Recipe

Perhaps you remember Braden and Laura from the post I wrote about their underground restaurant venture: Hidden Kitchen has been doing well since then, waiting list and all, and Maxence and I have had the finger-licking pleasure of going back to their apartment a few times, as friends, on their off nights.

Last time we did was burger night or, more accurately, slider night*, Laura having reached the point where, after a severe bout of experimentitis the sort of which bakers are prone to, she was finally happy with her homemade buns.

I remember when this popular potato side was first introduced, back in my teenage days, when a fast food meal still felt like a treat, before or after catching a movie on the Champs-Elysées.

Once we’d arrived, greeted Tati, who’s running for Cutest Dog in the Underground Restaurant Business, settled down for an apéritif drink, eaten a few canapés, and scraped the last drop of a chilled lettuce soup — this is when you should start to get a better idea of what Braden and Laura call an “off night” –, the sliders appeared, keeping warm under their miniature brushed metal cloches.

And alongside the sliders came a platter of golden potato wedges that prompted Maxence and me to clap our hands (okay, only I clapped my hands) and exclaim: “Oh! Des deluxe potatoes!”

You see, in France, those who visit the Fast Food Chain with the Golden Arches are given a choice of two potato sides with their (quote unquote) burger: dishwater blond, slim fries (des frites), or skin-on, breaded and fried potato wedges called deluxe potatoes, pronounced with a French accent and served with a mayo-like dressing.

I remember when this popular alternative was first introduced, back in my teenage days, when a fast food meal still felt like a treat, before or after catching a movie on the Champs-Elysées. I used to like these crusty and tender-hearted potatoes very much but, having had the opportunity to try them again more recently, I was disappointed to find that they now taste to me like hot cardboard.

Why they decided to call them deluxe potatoes is a mystery, considering that the American term refers primarily to a casserole dish of frozen hashbrowns and canned soup. (I shall refrain from passing judgement on the concept, since I have no idea what it might taste like, but I hope to live many more years without finding out.)

Arcane marketing matters aside, a proper American name for these potato wedges, we learned that night, is Jo Jo Potatoes**, or at least it is the name under which they sometimes travel in Montana, Ohio, Alabama, and the Pacific Northwest. I was unable to find a clear origin, and nobody seems to know who this Jo Jo guy (or gal?) was, how he liked his burger, and how well he took the blow of the low-carb diet.

The original Jo Jo potatoes are deep-fried but, in Braden’s recipe, which he wrote down for me after we’d inhaled the batch, they are simply oven-baked. This suits me much better — large quantities of hot oil scare me, so I don’t do frying — but you can fry them if frying is something you do. Likewise, the spice mix can be altered ad libitum.

Jo Jo Potatoes like to have some kind of secret sauce to dip their toes into, such as one made of equal parts ketchup, mustard, and mayo. They may be served as an appetizer, when watching a rugby game that your country is winning against all odds, or as a side to a burger, a steak, or a good old roast chicken.

* A slider is a tiny hamburger. Note that there is some disagreement about the use of the word, which Wikipedia simply defines as naval slang for a cheeseburger.

** Sometimes spelled Jojo or Jo-Jo potatoes.

Jo Jo Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Serves 4 to 6.

Jo Jo Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 60g (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 1kg (2 pounds) baking potatoes (in France, use charlottes), scrubbed but not peeled
  • 80g (2/3 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 60g (2 ounces) parmesan or other aged hard cheese, freshly and finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds, crushed in a mortar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt (or celery seeds ground with sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground chile pepper, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with the melted butter, and slip it into the oven to preheat.
  2. Combine the flour, cheese, and seasonings (from mustard seeds to black pepper) in a large freezer bag.
  3. Cut the potatoes lengthwise in wedges, 4 or 6 wedges per potato depending on its girth. Try to make evenly sized wedges so they will all bake at the same speed. Do not rinse or pat the potatoes after cutting them; you want them to retain a film of starch on their cut sides.
  4. Add the potatoes to the bag, close the bag tightly, and shake well to coat the potatoes on all sides. (There will be some flour mixture leftover; it will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.)
  5. Place the potatoes, flesh side down, on the preheated cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flip, and bake for another 30 minutes, until cooked through and golden. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve.

Notes

Adapted from a Hidden Kitchen recipe.

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  • audrey

    Mmmmmm…hmmmm! Those are some gorgeous potatoes! I can’t believe the slider buns were made from scratch. There’s a lot of love rolled up into that meal.

  • Griffin

    Well I don’t know if they were around before the Beatles, but I instantly thought…

    Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
    But he knew it wouldn’t last
    Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
    For some California grass…

    Get Back, Get Back…

    But then I am a Beatles fan, so what do I know, eh?! Still, maybe another Beatles fan loved the song and called the wedges Jo Jo potatoes. They’re just called wedges here… sadly!

  • http://siri-corner.blogspot.com Siri

    Lovely post..love those crispy potato (deluxe)..wedges..:D

  • http://caseyellis.blogspot.com casey

    An extremely cute dog, miniature burgers and great potatoes? Sounds like a sublime evening.

  • Jen

    I grew up calling them “mojo” potatoes. I always found the coating masked the potato flavor and made up my own recipe of a tablespoon of olive oil, s+p, smoked paprika, 5-6 medium ‘taters cut into wedges and a 435 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. the trick is to put the metal sheet pan into the oven as it pre-heats so you’re putting the raw potatoes onto a smoking hot pan – they get crisp and don’t stick (woohoo)…because who wants to do clean-up after a batch of potato deluxe?

  • http://proofofthepudding.wordpress.com Dana

    I’m scared of frying too — I’ve heard too many scary stories of pots boiling over or stoves catching fire! One day I will overcome that fear, but in the meantime, I’ll make these potatoes :).

  • http://roomforty.com nicole

    WOW! this looks yummy and fall-ish. i will try them (especially since they’re baked). i have NEVER heard of jo-jo potatoes; i think in california they would be called potato wedges. and though i’m sure somewhere here in the states ‘deluxe potatoes’ refers to frozen hashbrowns and canned soup, i can promise you that’s not a nationally accepted recipe. sounds like it might have originated in the mid-west or the south. (i’m sure you know this, but i’m feeling the need to say that not all americans prefer processed foods.)

  • Potiron

    Hi… Thank you for teaching me the term sliders, had no idea… I clicked on the link explaining them, and lo and behold I was sent back through a time warp to those days way back when in my teens when I ate at White Castle (about only once or twice) in Queens…..

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane, and the recipe I’m dying to try….

  • http://FreshAdriaticFish.blogspot.com Sanja

    hi, for the first time.
    I find idea of “hidden kitchen” so exciting but to go to “underground restaurant” just as friend sounds even more thrilling!
    Cute dog, delicious recipe and another wonderful post!

  • http://besidespizza.blogspot.com Dana

    I’ve never heard the phrase Jo Jo Potatoes. I live in the Chicago area and we call those American Fries as opposed to the skinny French Fries.

    Oh, and sliders here refer only to hamburgers from one certain fast food restaurant.

  • Christie

    I’ve lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, and Vermont and I have never heard those potatoes called JoJo Potatoes. They are just called potato wedges. And I like them better “oven fried,” too.

    And, to be fair, it is a pretty common American thing to mix vegetables (usually frozen or canned) with condensed soup. The result usually isn’t half bad. Not gourmet but edible.

  • binky

    Please, please, please post your recipe for sliders.

  • Alisa

    So! When I was teenager-y there was a restaurant, in the same way that Denny’s is a restaurant, called JoJo’s. And I remember that they had these potatoes, and they called them JoJo’s Famous or Original something like that.

    Should have asked how JoJo like his hamburger!

  • http://katek.wordpress.com Kate

    Mmm. I grew up in Oregon but we never called them JoJo potatoes, just always potato wedges or oven fries. I make them whenever we have burgers–so easy and so good! Sometimes I’ll dust them with truffle salt for an extra bit of flavor.

    • Rachel

      I’m from Oregon, and Jo Jo’s are all over here. They are big at small no-name corner stores (like 7-eleven, but locally owned). I’ve also eaten the hashbrown casserole mixed with mushroom soup and sour cream with crushed cornflakes on top. Yum! Not everyone is rich enough to eat whatever non-processed foods they eat in California.

  • http://chats-noirs.livejournal.com Chats Noirs

    I too knew these potatoes as “mojos” when I was growing up. Are you from southeast Wisconsin by any chance Jen? I still get some from my favorite Italian restaurant whenever I visit the relatives.

  • http://thedalaimama.blogspot.com liz

    Here is Texas, we call them potato wedges. I’ve never heard the term “Jojo” potatoes. (Lived in Georgia and NC as well.)

    Those sliders look much better than the fast food version which are, at best, something you eat after many drinks and are fairly vile.

  • Mrs Redboots

    These look gorgeous. I wonder what they would be like made with sweet potatoes…..

    Anyway, your lot have to face Us next weekend in the rugby…. who will be saying “oh dear”, I wonder. We were so not supposed to get past Australia. The Northern Hemisphere rules, right?

  • http://www.eatdrinkbemary.blogspot.com Mary

    I’m embarrased to type this, but the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain makes a phenomenal hash brown casserole like the one you describe. Geez, I only eat there once or twice a year when I’m taking a road trip, but damn it’s good. Oh, and I live in KY, right across the river from Cincinnati, OH and I’ve never heard them called Jo Jo’s either.

  • gingerpale

    This sort of potato is also very good seasoned with zaatar–I’ve done it! ( I discovered zataar through your Feb. 23, 2007 post.)

    Also, forgive me, but I think the expression is “dishwater blond”, not “dishwasher”–it means dark blond/dirty blond–a common color, my color, unexciting/unlovely.

  • Sarah

    O my, those potatoes look delicious! I can’t wait to try making them! I hope someday to come try the underground restaurant..not only is the idea of it exciting, but the food sounds and looks amazing! (I only wish there were better words to describe how beautiful is is..)

  • Judy

    The hashbrown/soup casserole is popular among the Mormons in Utah, along with green jello, under the name ‘funeral potatoes’. I have made it myself, although I’m not Mormon. It’s not too bad.

  • http://bretzeletcafecreme.blogspot.com/ Flo Bretzel

    Bien appétissantes ces jojo patatoes!

  • Caroline

    PLEASE don’t knock the hash brown/condensed soup casserole until you’ve tried it. I make it for potlucks in a giant crock pot, so it is super easy, and I never have any left – and usually find someone trying to scrape the last bit out! It’s just not a good idea to eat every day (or week, for that matter.)

    Oh, and here in Ohio sliders definitely only refer to the onion-steamed wee ones at White Castle. They are delicious but are known to be slightly dangerous (on the gastric system), hence the double meaning of “sliders”.

  • Charlotte

    For fast-food fries my personal favorite forever will be Quick’s frites rustiques (wedges like this) with the sauce basiliqe – I so charmed the attendant with my enthusiasm for this delight that she opened a new box of sauce and gave me some to take back to America with me. Anyone who’s paid extra for more ketchup in Europe will know how extreme this action was. How I love you Quick Burger!

  • http://kellytheculinarian.blogspot.com Kelly Mahoney

    These sound so delicious! I’d love to have some right now, in fact. Potatoes are my favorite side dish to every meal.

  • http://teaandcookies.blogspot.com Tea

    I haven’t heard the term Jo Jos since I was in college (in Washington state) and my friends and I would sometimes find ourselves craving salty fried things after drinking late into the night–or the wee hours of the next morning–and would make a pilgrimage to an awful 24-hour store that sold such things. I don’t think I would fancy them now, but they did seem to do the trick back then.

    Thanks for bringing back a funny memory I had lost along the way!

  • http://niallniallorangepeel.blogspot.com Niall

    In Australia wedges (without the cheese coating) are generally served with sour cream and Thai-style sweet chilli sauce – mmmmm.

  • Chrisrunty

    I grew up in Washington State. Yep… these are the JoJo’s I remember. As a “kid” we preferred to dip them into ranch dressing. I am currently making the recipe now! I have not eaten JoJo’s in about 15 years. My taste buds have matured a bit since then, so I don’t think I will eat them with ranch, but rather as a side to my salmon tonight. Yum.

  • http://www.whatwereeating.com amanda

    that’s really interesting. in the past two years i moved to San Diego (SoCal) and discovered they called potato wedges “JoJo’s” at mexican-esque fast foodie joints. (i’ve heard them pronounced both “hoho’s” and “jojo’s” i always thought it was a mexican influenced name for potato wedges, not that it was so wide spread.

  • http://producestories.blogspot.com producestories

    The Safeway hot deli up the road from my college in Portland, Oregon called their spiced potato wedges “Jo Jos,” and that was the first I had heard it. However, Shakey’s Pizza calls their potato wedges “mojo potatoes,” which I remember from their commercials as a kid. Regardless, these look totally awesome.

  • Graham

    I’m from Seattle and I loved Jojos when I was a kid! I got some from Safeway the other day just for old times sake and you’re right, they just taste like greasy cardboard now. The ones my dad made where way better.

  • http://www.helengraves.co.uk Helen

    I too am extremely wary of large amounts of hot oil and as a consequences don’t do frying either. The final straw for me came when a friend and I got slightly distracted while frying some chips and had the beginnings of a chip pan fire on our hands. Thankfully we averted the crisis. Not only do oven baked, skin on potatoes taste better, they are healthier too. That’s my excuse anyway ….

  • http://www.liketocook.com Jennifer

    My mom used to make JoJo Potatoes when I was growing up. Haven’t thought about them in years!

  • Adrienne

    I grew up in Enumclaw, Washington, which is near the Seattle/Tacoma area and I definitely remember Jojos! I’m kind of ashamed to admit that the best ones we bought were made in a local gas station. But it was a small town and they were really good!! Thanks for bringing back the memories! I moved to Texas 16 years ago and I haven’t had them since. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try! Thank you!

  • http://handmade.etsy.com nicki

    i grew up in ohio mostly, and have always loved and known them as JoJo potatoes! yum.

  • http://theramblingrountrees.wordpress.com Deb Rountree

    These look so delish!

  • Mel

    Judy’s right, potato casserole is a staple among Mormons in the western US (I am one!) but I’ve seen recipes in Lutheran cookbooks also. I’ve tried many versions — usually in a church kitchen cleaning up after a funeral (really) and it can be quite delicious. There are many ways to put one together, some soupier than others. Some cooks insist on using fresh instead of frozen potatoes. My favorite version uses frozen shredded potato, Cream of Chicken condensed soup (I know! But it’s better than the Cream of Mushroom) and LOTS of sour cream and cheese. Oh, and you must top it with a mixture of melted butter and crushed corn flakes (cereal). Generally I’m a bit of a food snob, but after something traumatic like a funeral these taste really nice.

  • Wren

    “Slyder” is a registered name given to squarish-looking mini-burgers by an old school fast food chain in the midwestern United States, called White Castle. Here in California, you can find a box of White Castle slyders in the frozen food section of some grocery stores (but you wouldn’t want to). Many posh caterers and restaurants here offer sliders on their hors d’oeuvres menus and now the term has become interchangeable with what is just a mini-burger.

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    I would love to go to that Hidden Kitchen, “off night” or not! The simple sliders and potatoes meal sounds just as excellent as the last meal of theirs you described.

  • Melly

    In Florida, sliders are raw oysters. There is even a restaurant by the name that my SIL worked at for many years.

  • http://balancefood.blogspot.com Christy

    I first encountered Jo Jo potatoes at Roscoe’s BBQ in Rochester, MN. Unlike the Jo Jo’s posted here, Roscoe’s are sliced about 4mm thick and fried. When done well, they’re lovely pillows of potato. Poorly, though and you get a greasy mess of misery.

    RE funeral potatoes–every Mormon funeral I’ve ever attended has them. The variations range wildly in quality and healthfulness. :)

  • http://englishmajormoney.blogspot.com EM

    producestories, we went to the same college—but I never encountered these Safeway JoJos. As a native New Yorker, I’ve only heard them called “potato wedges,” or variations on “steak fries.”

  • Annie

    Hi, those sound great!! I am a big fan of starchy foods so I can’t wait to try those potato wedges. I am so envious that you got to try the hidden kitchen during the on and off nights. I will be in Paris in December and tried to get a RSVP but understandably so, they will be back in the US for the holidays. Another unfortunate event is that your book of Paris’ hidden treasures will not be out by then either. Oh well, too bad. I will just have to come back to Paris another time. À la prochaine!

  • http://desertcandy.blogspot.com Mercedes

    I actually read through all the comments just to see if anyone really used the term “jojo,” I’d never heard of it. We just call them oven fries. The best part is you can also use sweet potatoes or winter squash, and you can add all sorts of additions: herbs, minced olives, etc. Our favorite are butternut squash-rosemary fries.

  • http://www.stylesavestheworld.com style saves the world

    Um, YUM!!! Those look SOOOO good!

  • Ada

    Hmm up here in Canada we just call them potato wedges. And indeed, they’re much better than what we call French fries. But if you want something really tasty and potato-y, don’t bother with a casserole; just make poutine!

    Oh and by the way Clotilde, although this is the first time I’m commenting, I really enjoy your blog and I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried so far!

  • http://www.cookingninja.com The Cooking Ninja

    I love those. I always order them at Quick. :)

  • eddie

    Sliders are burgers and rollers are hot dogs, obviously. ;) I believe it’s a navy thing.

  • purple

    Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. Love your blog!!!

  • Rick

    I grew up in Ohio, and they were definitely known as jojos, we would usually get them at local pizza and fried chicken places in the Canton-Akron-Massillon area…. haven’t seen them much outside of that area (live in AZ now). Cool post!

  • http://girlandthecity.wordpress.com Girl and the City

    Yummy!!!! Total comfort food!

    xox Girl and the City

  • Zoé

    When I lived in Chicago, the Jewel supermarket sold the frozen potato wedges as, if I remember correctly, “Texas fries” or “steak fries”, to be baked in the oven. Her in Mali with no oven, I have to be a bit inventive, so I boil them first for about 20 minutes, or until about 3/4 done, then sauté them in a medium amount of oil in a skillet until crispy. I serve them with a dipping sauce which combines Dijon mustard, garlic, and mortared hot peppers. After seeing you picture, I want to serve them tonight, they look so good!

  • marie

    Use ecological potatoes, you’ll avoid some nasty pesticides in the potato skin. love from me.

  • http://www.paraphernalian.blogspot.com paraphernalian

    I just tried out the “Deluxe Potatoes” recipe–absolutely delicious. Thanks for another great addition to my recipe box!

  • smilgins

    I grew up in Deep East Texas and “Jo-Jo’s” were something we only ate after church night when Dad would stop by the local convenience store on the way home. They were deep fried, spicy with paprika and black pepper, longer than my hand, perfect when fried to a crisp, too hot if the potato center was too thick, and eaten with packet ketchup squeezed onto the warm center with each successive bite. I can’t imagine eating them now, but all that spice, fat, and heat paired with the sweet tang of that cold spot of ketchup–that’s sort of what comes to mind when I think “Southern comfort.” Oh, and Caro syrup pecan pie and deviled eggs (loaded with paprika) and sweetened ice tea. Oh, Southerners…

  • http://bluekitchen.wordpress.com Terry B

    These sound wonderful! For a slightly different take, I make spicy roasted potatoes using both baking potatoes and sweet potatoes–very colorful on the plate too. I use olive oil instead of butter and don’t add cheese, so these are a little lighter.

  • Tonda McKay

    I’ve never heard these potatoes called Jo-Jo’s. I’m from Tennessee and we call them simply potatoe wedges. I’ve never had them seasoned like that, just fried in oil with a little bacon grease in them. (Hey, everything is better in bacon grease, or so they seem to think here) Also, I’ve always considered the term “slider” to be a negative term, sort of like they have so much grease in them they will “slide” down your throat.

  • http://petitebiscotte.blogspot.com/ Yakumo

    Too bad potato wedges/deluxe potatoes are always way too hot to be eaten right away! I’m particularly intrigued by the fact that these are baked in an oven. Deep frying is indeed quite scary. Think I’m going to try this very soon with a nice sour cream dip!

  • http://everydayfeminism.blogspot.com aarwenn

    I grew up in Tacoma (outside Seattle) and live in Seattle now, and I know these as Jo-jos! Most of the gas stations, 7-11s, etc, have them, plus most of the big chain grocery stores, and even the ferry cafeterias. The best ones, in my opinion, come from Stadium Thriftway, in Tacoma. They’re great in ranch! I must make these–never occurred to me to make them myself.

  • Guinevere

    JoJo potatoes! Yum. I’m from the Pacific Northwest and I use that term, although I think that if it’s on a menu or in a store, they’re called “oven fries” or “potato wedges”. Tasty though, whatever they’re called. Haven’t had any in ages, so I’m very tempted to try these out (especially since they’re baked).

    I’ve never heard the phrase “deluxe potatoes” or of any dish of hash browns and canned soup. Not a common meal anywhere I’ve lived, apparently.

    (And hello! I’ve been reading and enjoying recipes for a while now, but never commented before.)

  • Kathy Walton

    As a naval term, sliders are the hamburgers served on ship (so greasy they “slide”). Cheeseburgers are “sliders with lids”.

    My father-in-law is retired Navy, was on the USS Tennessee during WWII, and was happy to give me this information.

  • http://sassandveracity.typepad.com kellypea

    Mmmm…just saw a delectable plate of sliders pass me by last night while I was out.

    So would sweet potatoes work baked as Jo Jo potatoes are? I’m thinking that might be a nice spin…

  • John-Christopher Ward

    I was not impressed with these jo-joes, the seasoning was fine, but next time I shall delete the flour and add garlic. Of course, I have nothing with which to compare them, as they have never been served in New Orleans, but I did a little research and it seems that they were originally broasted, which is deep-fried under pressure. I think that is a process used by Dairy Queen, a chain that does not exist in New Orleans.

  • http://arlingtondailyphoto.com/photoblog michelle

    I just tried these tonight. They’re absolutely fantastic. Thanks for a great (and unexpectedly easy, as I can’t cook worth a d@mn and they still turned out fantastic) recipe. :)

  • hachee

    You should also try seasoning your fries with a little lavender and salt. It’s so yummy!

  • Sheepie87

    I am from SE Wisconsin (Kenosha), and these are definitely called “Mojos” not “JoJos”! I get these all the time from Infusino’s or Luigi’s or whatever Italian-American restaurant is on the dockett tonight–well, not anymore since I’m living in Paris ;) Now I miss my mojos. And just for the record, I have no idea why they’re called mojos.

  • andrea

    Mojo-jojo?
    Truth is, can’t resist them. Drooling over the picture, just made them – gosh they’re good. Dip them without hesitation in the mayo/moutarde/ketchup. Delicious!!!

  • Shawn

    Down here in Oklahoma, you can buy ‘em with greasy fried chicken at any quick shop/gas station worth its salt – and they’re called JO-JOs!

    Although Mo-Jo Jo-Jos has a ring to it! It rings, this name Mo-Jo Jo-Jo! Mo-Jo Jo-Jo as a name, rings! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    DeLuxe Potatoes is how I’ll order them from now on, though, in order to seem more Continental! ;)

  • http://www.goszgroup.blogspot.com lyn gosz

    What a delightful article — it produced a nostalgic (and virtual) trip to the Midwest U.S., where I first tasted these great potatoes — and many similar hamburgers. Thanks so much.

    Lyn Gosz

  • http://www.ifoods.tv Niall

    Ok i am leaving this blog now! I am sitting here staving and awaiting some food to arrive and every wonderful picture of yours i see makes me hungrier! These potatoes were the final straw!

  • http://www.spokanewebhosting.com Will

    Here in Spokane WA, every fast food chain that isn’t a McD’s or large national has Jo-Jo’s on the menu, as do most grocery stores, taverns, and some convenience stores. They are great after more than a few drinks :)

  • Kara

    I’m from Western Massachusetts and my friend and I used to order Jo-Jo’s from a local pizza shop back in the 1980s – we loved them! I’m sending her a link to this blog just for fun. They look delish and I will definitely serve them to my family. I also know them as steak fries.

  • Elizabeth

    We call them Mojo potatoes not JoJo

  • Barb

    We have had the #2 version of deluxe potatoes minus the butter, but plus buttered cubed bread topping (in the last fifteen minutes of cooking) for more than 25 years at our holiday meals. Both my sons phoned for the recipe as they weren’t able to make it home for Thanksgiving. One is a chef and it wouldn’t be a holiday without what we call Granny’s potatoes (the recipe came from my mother) for either of them. The Jojo potatoes look great, but try the deluxe potatoes minus the butter-you might like them!

  • ralph

    Thank You for your wit and wisdom!
    I’ve been a slacker since I haven’t responded to you regarding your excellent site.Thank you for your wit because you write so well, and thanks for your wisdom about all things we foodies enjoy so much…what a hobby!! I’m a 78 year old retired guy who lives in north Texas, USA and I’ve been doing all our cooking for many many years. Thanks again for your work and food ethic!!! Ralph

  • http://foodietots.com colleen/foodietots

    I grew up in Oregon and JoJos were my brother’s favorite food – dipped in Ranch dressing, only. Hadn’t thought about them in years. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://aehrelichgesagt.blogspot.com/ Daniel

    I actually laughed when I saw the name, it seems odd to name something “JoJo”. When I read the post, however, I realized that grew up with these as “Mojo” potatoes, which, as a name, seems just as ridiculous. I’ll have to try them at home sometime. But in slices, just like at Shakey’s.

  • Candice

    Good memories… at the Country Travel Plaza intersection of Hwy 26 and I395 in WA on the way to Seattle via Pullman my friend and I found the LARGEST JoJo known to man. We paid homage to it for several days and basked in its amazingness every time we opened the fridge. I love JoJos and while known as potato wedges by some, they are definitely JoJos in the Pacific Northwest! Now in MN, I am pretty sure they are known as JoJos here, too.

    Don’t knock the casserole of hashbrowns and canned soup. We’ve always called it Potatoes Delish and my family (also in the lovely PNW) has incorporated it into our Christmas brunch every year and it is the most desired dish of the day. It’s not called delish for any ole reason! :) We top it off with crushed corn flakes. Nummy, writing this is making me crave it right now!!

  • Rob Hatten

    Should McDonalds cheeseburgers be considered sliders? I think so. Maybe they’re an insult to the name, but they’re definately not real hamburgers

  • Christi

    I live in Ohio and we have always called them JoJo’s. They are sooo good!!!

  • http://www.eatnlisten.com Rick

    They look great! Hopefully I will be able to make them when I get home, hopefully the wife will agree! BTW I really love your foodie blog, its one of the best ones out there. Keep up the good work!

  • chelsea

    I am from the Pacific Northwest and can vouch for the jojo title. School lunches from my childhood even had them on the menu. I recently went out to dinner with a bunch of non northwesterners and I mentioned jojos and they all had no idea what I was talking about. I had never realized that it was a localized term until now!

  • Mercy

    I’m from Washington state and most people out there that .know call potato wedges jojos based off an old chain called Chester Fried chicken and jojos. And honestly to this day I would probably killed for some Chester fried goodness (now living in AZ)

  • katrina

    I’ve lived in California most of my life and have grown up eating Jo Jo’s. They are very readily available in most deli hot cases. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds delish!

  • Emily

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve made it a few times now and it’s fantastic every time in my toaster oven. So yummy!

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